Overview

The RF407 is a high-speed 900 MHz serial radio designed for unlicensed operation in several countries, including the United States and Canada. The RF407 is a 902 to 928 MHz frequency-hopping spread-spectrum radio with a configurable transmit-power output of 5 to 250 mW and software-selectable channel masking for improved RF interference immunity. This power-sipping, yet speedy, radio provides a cost-effective way to network dataloggers.

The RF407 is part of the RF407-series of radios that includes:

  • RF407: North America (FCC & IC), 902 to 928 MHz
  • RF412: Australia (ACMA RCM), 915 to 928 MHz
  • RF422: Most of Europe and some of Asia (ETSI), 863 to 873 MHz

Note to RF401A users: The RF401A is factory upgradeable to an RF407. Contact Campbell Scientific for a Returned Material Authorization (RMA).

Benefits and Features

  • Does not require individual operational license in the United States or Canada
  • High-speed serial communication, optimized for PakBus networks
  • Low power (< 2 mA idle) during periods of inactivity
  • Supports point-to-point with RF retries and point-to-multipoint operations
  • Remote diagnostics using PakBus node operations

Try Before You Buy

Spread-spectrum radio test kit

If you are unsure if spread-spectrum communications is right for you, you can try before you buy. Campbell Scientific offers a 900 MHz spread-spectrum demonstration kit that allows you to easily test communications from one point to another using the RF407 and RF451 radios. 

Images

RF407 front tilt view

Specifications

Type Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS)
Frequency 902 to 928 MHz
Transmit Power Output 5 to 250 mW (software-selectable)
Receiver Sensitivity -101 dBm
Channel Capacity Seven 25-channel hop sequences sharing 64 available channels
RF Data Rate 200 kbps
Link Throughput 105 kbps (maximum)
Antenna Connector Reverse Polarity SMA (RPSMA) jack
LEDs Red TX/PWR and green RX
RS-232 Connector 9 pin D female
RS-232 Baud Rate 1200 to 115200 bps
CS I/O Connector 9 pin D male
CS I/O Modes SDC 7, 8, 10, 11, and ME master
USB USB Type B jack
Operating Temperature Range -40° to +70°C
Power 9 to 16 Vdc
Power Connector 2.5 mm DC power jack
Dimensions 11.1 x 6.9 x 2.7 cm (4.4 x 2.7 x 1.1 in.)
Dimension are from the tip of the antenna connector to other side of the case, and from the bottom of the case to the top of DB9 connector jack screw. The width includes the thickness of the screw heads on the screws that hold the case together.
Weight
  • 136 g (4.8 oz) without "Ships With" items
  • 283.5 g (10 oz) with "Ships With" items

Average Current Drain

Transmit < 80 mA (250 mW TX Power)
Receive 15 mA
Standby < 0.5 mA (depending on power-saving mode)

Certifications

United States (FCC Part 15.247) MCQ-XB900HP
Industry Canada (IC) 1846A-XB900HP
Mexico IFT RCPDIXB15-0672-A1

Compatibility

Communications

The RF407 is over-the-air compatible with other RF407-based products. The RF407 can only communicate wirelessly with other RF407 radios and other Campbell Scientific products that have the "-RF407" option.

The RF407 is not over-the-air compatible with the RF401A. However, the RF401A is factory upgradeable to an RF407. Contact Campbell Scientific for a Returned Material Authorization (RMA).

Datalogger Considerations

Datalogger RS-232 CS I/O
CR200(X)
CR800/CR850
CR1000
CR3000
CR5000
CR9000(X)
CR300 *
CR6
CR510-PB
CR10X-PB
CR23X-PB
Mixed-array dataloggers **

Notes:
*Use a 18663 null modem cable.
**It is possible to connect a mixed-array datalogger (e.g., CR10, CR10X, CR23X, 21X, CR7) by using an SC932A or SC105 between the datalogger's CS I/O port and the RF407's RS-232 port.

Downloads

RF407 OS v.02 (449 KB) 10-10-2016

Current operating system for the RF407 Series of radios including the RF407, RF412, and RF422. Requires the Device Configuration Utility software to load.

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